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No longer At The Races: Sky Sports comes under starter’s orders | Greg Wood

The broadcaster wants to revolutionise televised racing – and is prepared to invest money and resources to do soThere are unlikely to be many mourners when At The Races officially expires at midnight on Monday. After all, and with all due respect to th…

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Ladbrokes wooed problem gambler – then paid victims £1m

Exclusive: bookmaker agreed to payments in return for a pledge not to inform watchdogOne of Britain’s biggest bookmakers agreed to pay £1m to the victims of a problem gambler who had stolen the money he was using to bet, in return for a pledge not to i…

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Wimbledon to expand after golf club members vote to sell for £65m

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly are among those who will receive an £85,000 windfall from the salePiers Morgan, Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly, former cabinet secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell, and the 754 other members of Wimbledon Park golf club have voted…

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UK betting firms back live sports advertising ban

Online gambling firms such as Bet365, William Hill and Ladbrokes agree ban amid fears of impact on children Online gambling companies have agreed to a voluntary “whistle-to-whistle” ban on advertising during live sports, in an effort to address concern…

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Arsenal leads charge into battery power at Emirates Stadium

Club is first in UK to use large-scale system with capacity to last an entire matchArsenal has become the UK’s first football club to install large-scale battery energy storage, in a bid to cut electricity costs and support green energy.Tucked in the b…

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Barcelona become first sports team to average £10m a year in wages

• Sporting Intelligence survey highlights spiralling pay• Real Madrid second; Manchester United highest British clubBarcelona have become the first sports team in history with average first-team pay in excess of £10m a year, according to the latest Glo…

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Hernia mesh implants cost top British athlete five years of his career

Dai Greene says there should be more information so patients can weigh up risks • Revealed: how faulty implants harm patients worldwide• Why we’re examining the implants industryOne of Britain’s most successful athletes was forced to sit out an entire …

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William Hill in goodwill gesture after punter’s SP complaint

• Bookmaker paid 16-1 on Untold Secret offered at 28-1 elsewhere• William Hill to make additional payment to winning puntersWilliam Hill has decided to offer an additional payment to those who took the firm’s own starting price of 16-1 about Untold Sec…

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Alexis Sánchez signing plays part in Manchester United 10% wage bill rise

• Sánchez signing and new Fellaini contract part of £77m bill• Club’s revenue down to £135m from £143mManchester United’s wage bill has increased by more than 10%, the club’s latest financial figures have shown. The rise was attributed primarily to inv…

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Government’s FOBT decision influenced by ‘discredited’ report

Documents seen by the Guardian cast doubt on whether figures should ever have played part in policyThe government’s controversial decision not to cut stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £2 until October 2019 was influenced by a …

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Der Spiegel’s email leaks more evidence that elite will never be satisfied

Leaked internal messages about formation of European super league show again the insatiable desire to consolidate power and resources among Europe’s richest teamsThe principal revelation about top clubs’ recent moves to form some kind of European super…

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Sports minister resigns over chancellor’s delay to gambling curb

Tracey Crouch launched review that cut fixed-odds betting terminal stakes from £100 maximum to £2Sports minister Tracey Crouch is understood to have resigned after the government refused to bring forward plans to curb controversial fixed-odds betting t…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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Dulwich Hamlet: the improbable tale of a tiny football club that lost its home to developers – and won it back

After they were locked out of their own stadium, an unlikely band of supporters came together to save the club. By Tom Lamont. Photographs by Tom JenkinsStood in his traditional place, at the back of the main spectator stand, radio microphone in pocket…

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Premier League should contribute more after collapse of Wembley sale | David Conn

Shahid Khan has withdrawn his £600m offer for the stadium so top-flight clubs need to do more to help fund grassroots gameSo Shahid Khan, the Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, has withdrawn his proposed £600m purchase of Wembley Stadium, which gre…

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Premier League should contribute more after collapse of Wembley sale | David Conn

Shahid Khan has withdrawn his £600m offer for the stadium so top-flight clubs need to do more to help fund grassroots gameSo Shahid Khan, the Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, has withdrawn his proposed £600m purchase of Wembley Stadium, which gre…

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Simone Biles upset over USA Gymnastics CEO’s anti-Nike tweet

Mary Bono drew over Nike logo after Kaepernick ad campaignUSA Gymnastics searching for permanent successor to PerryOlympic champion Simone Biles has expressed her dismay about an anti-Nike tweet from USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono.B…

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Colin Kaepernick files trademark for image of his hair and face

Move comes after Nike campaign featuring quarterbackImage could be used to market shampoo and jewelryColin Kaepernick has followed up his recent Nike campaign by taking steps to protect who can use his likeness going forward.Kaepernick, who s…

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Manchester United have been owned by the Glazers for 13 years. No wonder they’re struggling | David Conn

The Glazers’ takeover has drained more than £1bn out of United since 2005, not too far off the amount Sheikh Mansour has invested into CityAt Manchester United, the football club’s multilayered travails, the misery of the manager and the palpable sense…